Compared with normal weight children with asthma, overweight children with asthma are less likely to initiate maintenance therapy and less likely to adhere to therapy even when prescriptions are filled, according to a study published in the Journal of Asthma.

Poor control is common in patients with the pediatric obese-asthma phenotype. This historical cohort study (n=311) was designed to determine if weight is associated with treatment nonadherence in children prescribed new maintenance therapies for asthma. The cohort was constructed from a pediatric asthma database that links individual clinical and prescription data on children (ages 2-18) who visited the Montreal Children’s Hospital’s Asthma Center in Canada between 2000 and 2007 to Quebec’s prescription claims registry.

Body Mass Index Abstract

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